Curriculum

Kindergarten
Proprietary Momentum Curriculum
Courthouse Academy students learn through various mediums in the enriched environment of their developmentally challenging classroom. Students are encouraged to reach their potential in academics, the arts, health, and good citizenship; in other words, to become a well-rounded individual.

Reading

  • Leveled readers
  • Differentiated guided reading at each child’s individual level
  • Poetry study working with rhythm and repetition and 1 to 1 correspondence
  • Word Study using the developmental spelling assessment for individualized level
  • Word family study
  • Author of the week
  • Book share bag involving families with our reading connection
  • Whole group literacy in phonemic awareness in a balanced literacy approach
  • Sight words
  • Comprehend texts, retell sequence and identify characters and setting
  • Daily center activities reinforcing classroom skills
  • Differentiate between a vowel and a consonant

Writing

  • Write short stories to communicate ideas
  • Participates in interactive writing activities
  • Writes first and last name
  • Learn to identify sight words
  • Correctly identifies and write both upper and lower case letters
  • Daily writing activities for comprehension check
  • Introduction to writing words and sentences using phonetic spelling
  • Participate in independent and teacher directed story telling
  • Introduction to sentence structure through creative writing and self-expression
  • Traditional manuscript printing and writing centers
  • Progression from 4 to 5 star sentences

Math

  • Counting and writing numbers up to 100 and backwards from 20
  • Patterns, name create and extend between Ab AAB ABB ABC ABCD
  • Simple Addition and subtraction to 20
  • Money, identify recognize and count money (class store)
  • Time to the hour and half hour
  • Fractions ½, 1/3 and ¼
  • Geometry, recognizes name and identify plane and solid shapes
  • Problem solving
  • Measurement standard and non-standard
  • Skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s to 100
  • Math journals
  • Number sets
  • Gathering data-graphing
  • Calendar
  • Positional words

Science

  • Resources
  • Earth patterns
  • Scientific logic and reasoning and investigation
  • Life cycles
  • Matter
  • Senses
  • Force, motion, energy
  • Shadows
  • Living and non-living
  • Science journal

History and Social Studies

  • Recognize past events
  • Identify and honor holidays
  • Describe everyday life
  • Map and globe awareness with use of positional words
  • Flat ME
  • Match words to jobs (match work people do to jobs)
  • Wants versus needs
  • Past/present compare life change over time
  • President – leader of USA
  • Learn about famous people

Good Citizenship

  • Make good decisions
  • Participate
  • Responsible
  • Understands rules and consequences
  • Respectable
  • Exhibits self-control and resolves conflicts effectively
First Grade
Proprietary Momentum Curriculum
Courthouse Academy students learn through various mediums in the enriched environment of their developmentally challenging classroom. Students are encouraged to reach their potential in academics, the arts, health, and good citizenship; in other words, to become a well-rounded individual.

Reading

  • Identify differences between fiction and non-fiction
  • Nonfiction text features
  • Apply knowledge of how print is organized and read
  • Phonetic principles
  • Semantic clues and syntax to expand vocabulary
  • Read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional and nonfictional text
  • Making connections between self to self, self to text and self to world
  • Making predictions of beginning, middle and end of a story
  • Asking questions while reading, (who, what, where, when, how and why)
  • Retelling and comprehending of the text
  • Drawing conclusions and inferring
  • Determining importance
  • Summarizing
  • Vowel patterns
  • Spelling tests and word study using the developmental spelling assessment for individualized levels
  • Guided reading and DRA
  • Site word
  • Phonological Assessment Literacy Awareness (PALS)

Writing

  • Personal narratives
  • Journal writing
  • Sentence structure
  • Communicating ideas for a variety of purposes for personal narratives, how to writing, friendly letters, informative and explanatory writing, poetry writing and narrative stories
  • master the proper use of nouns, verbs and adjectives
  • Synonyms and antonyms
  • Develop understanding of types of sentences differentiating between questions, statements and exclamations
  • Alphabetical order
  • Identify and use rhyming and compound words
  • Contractions
  • Writers workshop

Math

  • Tallying
  • Money
  • Number stories
  • Time to the five minutes
  • Estimation/reasonable magnitude
  • Place value
  • Addition with double digits
  • Shapes
  • Subtraction with double digits
  • Graphing and collecting data
  • Odds and evens
  • Calculators
  • Thermometers
  • Non-standard measurement
  • Fractions
  • Weight, mass, volume
  • Identify trace describe and sort 3D shapes

Science

  • What is a scientist?
  • Scientific reasoning
  • Resources and water quality
  • Interrelationships between the sun and earth
  • Life processes
  • Force and motion
  • Matter (solids, liquids and gas) and changing states of matter

History and social studies

    • Citizenship
    • Timelines (past, present and future)
    • Map skills and identify Virginia on the map
    • Biographies
    • Identifying American flag and US symbols
    • Wants and needs
    • Goods and services
    • Consumer and producers
    • Holidays around the world
    • Influential Early Americans

Good Citizenship

      • Make good decisions
      • Participate
      • Responsible
      • Understands rules and consequences
      • Respectable
      • Exhibits self-control and resolves conflicts effectively
Second grade
Proprietary Momentum Curriculum
Courthouse Academy students learn through various mediums in the enriched environment of their developmentally challenging classroom. Students are encouraged to reach their potential in academics, the arts, health, and good citizenship; in other words, to become a well-rounded individual.

Reading

      • Use phonetic strategies to self-correct when reading and spelling
      • Use semantic clues and syntax to expand vocabulary when reading
      • Expand vocabulary when reading
      • Read and demonstrate comprehension of fiction and non-fiction texts
      • Expands vocabulary with prefix and suffixes
      • Understands oral language structure (identify, produce and manipulate units of speech)
      • Expands, understands and uses word meanings
      • Demonstrate comprehension of information in reference materials
      • Use phonetic strategies when reading
      • Phonological Assessment Literacy Awareness (PALS)

Writing

      • Maintain legible printing and transition to cursive
      • Writes stories, letters, and simple explanations
      • Edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation and spelling
      • Shared writing
      • Independent writing
      • Interactive writing
      • Use available technology for reading and writing
      • Pair share
      • Journal writing
      • Guided practice and writers workshop
      • Prior knowledge to make inferences about stories
      • Chronological order to create strong conclusions
      • Act out to tell a story and to create a story
      • Learn basic poems and wrote own poems
      • Use similes and metaphors to better understand analogies
      • Introduce cursive writing

Math

      • Place value
      • Number patterns
      • Fraction concepts
      • Number relationships and order of operations
      • Money
      • Linear measurement
      • Mass, weight and volume
      • Symmetry, plane and solid figures
      • Applications of data
      • Patterning and numerical sentences
      • Estimate and measure length weight and mass
      • Create and solve 1 and 2 step problems
      • Use data from experiments to create graphs
      • Predict outcomes
      • Analyze data
      • Count and compare a collection of coins
      • Tell and write time using clocks
      • Estimate and find difference
      • Addition and subtraction
      • Identify and draw a line of symmetry

Science

      • Scientific investigations, reasoning and logic
      • Force matter and energy
      • Life processes
      • Matter solid, liquids, gas changes in states of matter and weight and volume
      • Living systems interdependence of organisms, habitats
      • Force, motion and energy (magnetism)
      • Earth patterns, cycles and change
      • Earth resources
      • Interrelationships in earth and space systems
      • Effect of weather and seasons on living things
      • Demonstrates honesty and trustworthiness, self-discipline and self-reliance

History and social studies

      • Citizenship (rights and property)
      • Explain the contributions of Ancient China and Egypt in the present world in terms of architecture, inventions, calendar and written language
      • Compare lives and contributions of three American Indian cultures past and present with an emphasis on the Powhatan, Lakota and Pueblo
      • Identify and compare changes in the community life over time in terms of buildings, jobs, transportation, communities and jobs
      • Resources, natural, human and capital
      • Barter versus money in exchange for goods and services
      • Scarcity and choices
      • Producing goods and services
      • Develop map skills and be able to locate Equator, the 7 continents and the 5 oceans
      • Government
      • Famous people and contributions
      • Demonstrates honesty and trustworthiness, self-discipline and self-reliance

Good Citizenship

      • Make good decisions
      • Participate
      • Responsible
      • Understands rules and consequences
      • Respectable
      • Exhibits self-control and resolves conflicts effectively
Third Grade
Proprietary Momentum Curriculum
Courthouse Academy students learn through various mediums in the enriched environment of their developmentally challenging classroom. Students are encouraged to reach their potential in academics, the arts, health, and good citizenship; in other words, to become a well-rounded individual.

Reading

      • Apply word analysis skills when reading
      • Use knowledge homophones
      • Use knowledge of roots, affixes, synonyms and antonyms
      • Use word reference resources including the glossary, dictionary and thesaurus
      • Discuss the meaning of words and develop vocabulary by listening and reading a variety of texts
      • Demonstrate a comprehension of fictional text and poetry
      • Compare and contrast characters, settings and events
      • Identify the authors purpose
      • Draw conclusions about text
      • Identify the problem and solution, main idea and supporting details
      • Understand and comprehend a variety of information from various sources

Writing

      • Will write legibly in cursive
      • Write for a variety of purposes
      • Identify the audience
      • Prewrite for strategies
      • Include details that elaborate the main idea
      • Revise writing for clarity
      • Use transition words to vary sentence structure
      • Use simple abbreviations
      • Use singular possessives, past and present tense and commas
      • Write a short report constructing questions about the topic
      • Identify the topics
      • Use available technology for reading and writing

Math

      • Read and write six digit numerals and identify the place value and value of each digit
      • Round whole numbers 9,999 or less to the nearest ten, hundred and thousand
      • Recognize and use the inverse relationships between addition, subtraction and multiplication and division to complete basic fact sentences. Use relationships to solve problems
      • Name and write fractions including mixed numbers
      • Model fractions
      • Compare fractions having like and unlike denominators
      • Estimate solutions to solve single step and multistep problems involving the sum or difference of two whole numbers
      • Recall multiplication facts through the twelves table
      • Add and subtract proper fractions having like denominators of 12 or less
      • Estimate and use the U.S. Customary and metric units to measure
      • Standard measurement
      • Tell time to the nearest minute using analog and digital clocks
      • Identify equivalent periods of times including relationships
      • Read temperature to the nearest degree from a Celsius and a Fahrenheit thermometer
      • Identify describe, compare and contrast of plane and solid geometric figures
      • Identify and draw points on a line segment, rays, angles and lines
      • Identify and describe congruent and non-congruent plane figures
      • Probability and statistics

Science

      • Demonstrate and understanding of scientific reasoning, logic and nature of science by planning and conductive investigations
      • Come up with hypotheses
      • Collect data gathered and chart it
      • Investigate and understand simple machines and their uses
      • Understand the purpose of function of simple machines and the types of simple machines
      • Understand that objects are made by materials that can be described by their physical properties
      • Understand that objects are made of one or more materials
      • Understand and investigate that adaptations allow animals to satisfy life needs and respond to the environment such as: behavioral adaptations and physical adaptations
      • Understand and investigate living systems and the food chain
      • Understand and investigate major components of soil and its origin and the importance to plants and animals including humans
      • Understand and investigate basic patterns and cycles occurring in nature such as: patterns of natural events, seasonal changes, simple phases of the moon and tides animal life cycles and plant life cycles
      • Investigate and understand the water cycle and its relation to life on earth
      • Understand and investigate different sources of energy

History and Social Studies

      • Explain the contributions of Ancient Greece and Rome and their influences on architecture, sports and government
      • Study the early West African empire of Mali by describing its oral tradition, government and economic development
      • Study the exploration of the Americas by the first explorers
      • Develop map skills
      • Be able to read and construct a map
      • Explain how the influences of other areas in the world used natural resources, human resources and capital resources in the production of goods and services
      • Wants and needs
      • Economic choice and opportunity cost
      • Understand the importance of government in the community, Virginia and the United States
      • Explain the importance of the basic principles that form the foundation of a republic form of government
      • Recognize that Americans are a people of diverse ethnic origins, customs and traditions, who are united by the basic principles of a republic government.

Good Citizenship

      • Make good decisions
      • Participate
      • Responsible
      • Understands rules and consequences
      • Respectable
      • Exhibits self-control and resolves conflicts effectively
Pre-K
Proprietary Momentum Curriculum

Reading

      • Word family flip books
      • Comprehensive program that encompasses reading, writing, auditory and oral skills for beginning readers
      • Identification of all consonant letter sounds
      • Introduction to short vowel sounds
      • Introduction to phonic skills to decode and comprehend written words
      • Introduction to reading simple sentences and stores
      • Be able to create a series of rhyming words
      • Introduction to high frequency sight words
      • Develop an awareness of patterns and sounds in language
      • Print rich environment to promote vocabulary
      • Read word in familiar surroundings
      • Introduce beginning, middle and ending sounds in words
      • Knowledge of letters and sounds through writing, reading and songs
      • Daily read aloud and story time
      • Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)

Writing

      • All letters of the alphabet
      • Work on writing first name legibly in proper sequence
      • Introduction to writing as form of communication
      • Group discussions about reading material
      • Develop ability to retell a short story, with beginning, middle and end as a whole group
      • Promote independent and critical thinking skills

Math

      • Introduction of classifying and sorting groups of objects
      • Recognize and create patterns
      • Introduction of printing numbers and identifying numbers 1-20
      • Counting to 100
      • Introduction between numbers and quantities
      • Introduction to concept of time, days of the week and months of the year

Science

      • Introduction to Earth Science
      • Daily weather and the affect it has on plants, animals and people
      • Introduction to plant and animal life
      • Introduction to the five senses
      • Learn through hand son experience and field trips

Character and Ethics

      • Respectful
      • Thoughtfulness
      • Age appropriate manners
      • Sharing and kindness

Infants Overview

        • Tummy time
        • Stories
        • Songs
        • One on one time
        • Learning Gross and fine motor skills

Toddlers Overview

        • Sensory
        • Manipulatives and blocks
        • Creative arts
        • Language and vocabulary building
        • Literacy foundations
        • Dramatic play
        • Find motor development
        • Stories
        • Rhythm
        • Music and movement
        • Songs and finger plays
        • Shapes
        • Colors
        • Gross motor skills

Character and Ethics

        • Sharing and kindness

Transitional Twos Overview

        • Individual language and vocabulary development
        • Increased opportunities for teacher/child interactions
        • Develops independence and confidence
        • Potty training assistance
        • Open Door policy
        • Literacy foundations
        • Creative arts
        • Socialization
        • Find motor development
        • Number recognition
        • Counting
        • Reinforce communication through expressing themselves in words
        • Songs and finger plays
        • Colors
        • Shapes
        • Introduction to number and letter activities
        • Blocks and building manipulatives
        • Dramatic play
        • Calendar
        • Gross motor skills

Character and ethics

        • Sharing and kindness
        • Manners

Twos Overview
Proprietary Momentum Curriculum

        • Individual language and vocabulary development
        • Increased opportunities for teacher/child interactions
        • Develops independence and confidence
        • Cross curriculum learning
        • Science/sensory
        • Painting
        • Potty training assistance
        • Open Door policy
        • Introduces cutting
        • Daily read aloud and story time and vocabulary building; essential for reading success
        • Literacy foundations
        • Creative arts
        • Socialization
        • Find motor development
        • Number recognition and matching
        • Counting
        • Reinforce communication through expressing themselves in words
        • Songs and finger plays
        • Colors
        • Shapes
        • Introduction to number and letter activities
        • Blocks and building manipulatives
        • Dramatic play
        • Calendar
        • Gross motor skills

Threes Overview
Proprietary Momentum Curriculum

        • Cross curriculum learning
        • Phonological and print awareness
        • Develops an awareness of patterns and sounds in language
        • Print rich environment to promote comprehension and vocabulary
        • Introduction of letters and sounds
        • Variety of literature introduced
        • Open door policy
        • Science and sensory exploration
        • Creative arts and painting
        • Rhythm and movement
        • Practical math applications: sorting, classifying, matching, counting
        • Number recognition
        • Dramatic play
        • Blocks and building manipulatives
        • Fine motor development
        • Cutting
        • Introduction to name and identification and writing skills
        • Learning centers that promote independent and critical thinking skills
        • Cooperative and team building skills
        • Correct formation of letters, using Handwriting Without Tears
        • Daily read aloud, story time, essential for reading success
        • Music and movement
        • Songs and finger plays
        • Calendar
        • Introduction to rhyming, repetition and sequence of events in literature and songs
        • Gross motor skills

Character and Ethics

        • Age appropriate manners
        • Cooperation and kindness
        • Respectfulness
        • Thoughtfulness
        • Sharing

Fours
Proprietary Momentum Curriculum

        • Develops an awareness of patterns and sounds in language
        • Phonological print awareness
        • Print rich environment to promote comprehension and vocabulary
        • Recognize and improve print letters of the alphabet
        • Improve recognition and print of letters
        • Knowledge of letters and sounds through writing, reading, songs and rhymes
        • Variety of literature introduced
        • Multicultural awareness and understanding
        • Build on children’s home and community experiences to create meaningful connections
        • Introduction to writing and identifying beginning sounds, story elements, sequence of events and be able to communicate ideas through pictures and writing
        • Opportunity for literacy success for every child
        • Promotes independent and critical thinking skills
        • Encourages cooperative and team building skills
        • Science and sensory exploration
        • Creative arts/painting
        • Name writing skills
        • Rhythm and movement
        • Practical math applications: counting, sorting, classifying, patterns, sequencing, matching, one to one correspondence, introduction to graphing
        • Dramatic play
        • Learning centers
        • Blocks and building manipulatives
        • Fine motor development and cutting skills
        • Calendar
        • Songs
        • Music
        • Phonological Assessment Literacy Awareness (PALS)

Character and Ethics

        • Respectful
        • Thoughtfulness
        • Age appropriate manners
        • Sharing and kindness
Art
“Creativity is now as important in education as literacy”
-Sir Ken RobinsonIn Art class the children will experience learning through strengthening their fine motor skills, creativity and confidence. Learning how to hold a paint brush and scribbling with a crayon or marker will help them to develop their fine motor skills. Allowing them to have the freedom to use their inner creativeness will enrich their minds and build their self-confidence while they complete their masterpieces.

Music
“Music only makes me stronger”
-UnknownIn Music class the students will learn to become masters of memorization and to be able to develop language and reasoning while entering a world that engages them to be silly and creative. Music helps to build upon pattern recognition and math skills and helps children to be more focused. Music guides them in their emotional development.

Physical Education (indoor and outdoor)Physical Education Class (gym), whether it is outdoors or indoors in our gymnasium will teach the children how to cooperate in a team setting, follow rules and stay focused. Gym class will help strengthen the children’s gross motor skills while they run, play games, learn sports and interact with each other.

ComputersCourthouse Academy recognizes that we live in a technologically advanced world. Courthouse Academy introduces computers as another way to teach the students in a media alternative to pen and paper. Students delve into a (closely monitored) world of the internet which has never ending possibilities for learning. The children love to come to the computer lab to interact with the laptops and enjoy the listening centers.

Tap and BalletTap and Ballet class help the children to be physically fit. Children love to move to music, and this is where they can do it! Students are encouraged to focus, listen to directions and integrate the two into dance moves. Students develop poise and exercise control over their bodies. At the end of the year the dancers showcase what they have learned in their fabulous costumes at the recital in June.

Hip HopHip hop keeps the children active in a healthy way. Moving to the rhythmic patterns in hip hop class the students will enjoy their time dancing. Students improve their ability to focus and follow directions while learning to command their bodies. At the end of the year the hip hoppers will put on a recital and showcase their costumes and their moves!

Aftercare Students remaining at school after class time will go to our aftercare program. In our program it is referred to as Extended Day. During the afternoon, the younger children will have the opportunity to nap. The children will eat snack, do homework, play games and work on their social skills. The children will interact with the staff and other children both indoors and outdoors. The staff is there to care for your children, to assist them, and encourage them to become independent.